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Bolger delivers a treble at the Curragh

Updated: Friday, 27 Jun 2014 22:13 | Comments

Jim Bolger - the in-form handler on day one of the Derby Festival
Jim Bolger - the in-form handler on day one of the Derby Festival

Jim Bolger saddled a treble on the opening day of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival at the Curragh.

It began when Feach Ar Agaidh (7-2), second on his debut at Gowran only last weekend, won the Dublin Coach To The Curragh Races EBF Maiden with some authority, racing four and a quarter lengths clear under Kevin Manning.

The trainer and jockey also struck with 9-4 favourite Chance To Dance, who recorded his third victory of the season as he quickened into the lead from the two pole and held off Vastonea by three-quarters of a length in the Silken Thomas Kildare Town & Lock 13 Sallins Handicap.

Bolger's other success came in the Done Deal Apprentice Derby when 20-1 outsider News At Six was produced to lead inside the final furlong by Ronan Whelan and raced a length and a half clear of Karezak.

Aidan O'Brien limbered up for the bigger challenges ahead with a double. 

The Ballydoyle handler introduced a potentially smart youngster in Words, a daughter of Irish Oaks winner Moonstone, who showed a smart turn of foot to take the Tom Crean's Irish Lager EBF Fillies Maiden. 

She dawdled out of the stalls, but Joseph O'Brien was in no hurry and swooped down the outside from the rear to lead inside the final furlong. The 3-1 shot ran on powerfully to beat Raydara by a length.

The trainer and jockey doubled up in the Done Deal Handicap when Table Rock (11-2), unplaced in the Britannia at Royal Ascot, emerged from the pack a furlong out and hit the front soon after to beat Bold Thady Quill by a length and a half.

Mick Halford's 5-1 shot Kernoff looked to be struggling in the Today FM Handicap, but he kept producing for Shane Foley and after hitting the front deep inside the final furlong, went away to win by two lengths. 

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